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Updates from Liberty ISD

June 30, 2020

Last week, the Texas Education Agency announced the first steps that will eventually lead to students returning to Texas public schools. We are writing to touch base with parents about Liberty ISD’s back-to-school plans. 

Student safety has always been our top priority, and the ongoing pandemic affects every aspect of the school environment.   As we work toward the first day of school, we urge families to continue following health recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus.  Information is available at: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

A team of principals and representatives from our health services, child nutrition, transportation, school safety, communications, technology, and other departments has already met to create plans for each area.  Of course, the COVID-19 situation is extremely fluid, which means we have to prepare for a number of possibilities. 

We are planning to start school on Wednesday, Aug. 12.  Beginning in mid-July, the District will begin sharing those plans in greater detail.  At that point, we believe we will have a better idea of how the beginning of school will look.  For now, we can share the following:

INSTRUCTION
We will offer two different instructional delivery formats for the 2020-2021 school year:

·       In-person instruction

·       Remote learning

No later than the first day of school, all students will be issued a Chromebook or IPAD to support their learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Training for students and parents will be announced later this month that will focus on working through the learning management systems:

·       Seesaw for pre-k through second grade

·       Google Classroom for grades 3-12. 

Students will be taught how to access instructional applications, how to submit an assignment, how to communicate with their teachers and peers, and how to access needed support at their respective grade levels.  Similarly, we will familiarize parents with Seesaw and Google Classroom along with the other resources that will be utilized with face-to-face and remote learning.

Attendance will be taken daily with a focus of at least four hours a day dedicated to instruction.  The District grading policy will be the same for in-person instruction and remote learning.

While many parents support reopening our schools, we understand that some parents may choose to keep their child home due to a health concern involving the student or a close family member.  We certainly understand that concern and will do our best to accommodate the needs of students who want to continue eLearning from home.

FACILITIES
Schools will be sanitized daily, and we will follow social distancing guidelines whenever possible.

Public access to schools will be significantly restricted, with visitors and deliveries limited to specific areas of schools. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed at all campuses.  Every district is getting a state allotment of gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer. 

SURVEY AND SUPPORT
In a few days, we will deliver an online survey to parents, giving you the opportunity to select an initial instructional track for your student to begin the year, either in-person instruction and remote learning. 

Once we have more definitive plans in place, we will need your support with encouraging students to follow social distancing guidelines and other recommended health practices off-campus as well as at school. Our plans to keep our schools as safe as possible simply won’t work without your cooperation. 

On behalf of the hundreds of teachers, administrators, and other members of Liberty ISD, I can tell you that we miss having our students fill the classrooms, halls, and other areas of our schools.  We miss sharing their victories in the classroom and in athletic and fine arts competitions. 

But, as much as we look forward to returning to a regular school routine, we are not willing to sacrifice safety for sentiment.  We will continue to provide an encouraging, supportive environment for our students, but first, our schools must be as safe as possible.  We remain in contact with health officials and are closely monitoring the situation. 

We appreciate your support, we welcome your feedback, and we look forward to seeing your child on Aug. 12.

Regards,

Cody Abshier
Superintendent of Schools



May 7, 2020

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,

First and foremost, I hope this letter finds you and your family well.  We want all of you to know how much we miss all of our students. Progress reports will be mailed out today, as required by the State, and will reflect participation and completion of weekly academic opportunities during the fourth nine-week period that have been monitored and documented by campus teachers and attested to by students and parents.  Adequate student participation in said academic opportunities will result in a notation of “Progress” on the fourth nine-week progress report.  Lack of participation will result in a “No Progress” being notated on the progress report. Students will not receive a numeric or letter grade for the fourth nine-weeks grading period.  Instead, students will receive a Spring Semester Average Grade based on the Temporary Grading Policies established by the District as outlined in the Flowcharts and Policies that will be enclosed in the mailing and that can be found on the District’s website under the Covid-19 Updates/Distance Learning/Educational Support tab.  Thank you for your continued flexibility, patience and support as we work together to ensure our community is safe and our students continue their learning.  Your efforts to facilitate instruction and participate in virtual Learning Communities during this closure period is immensely appreciated.  You make all the difference!

 

Cody Abshier

Superintendent of Schools

Liberty Independent School District

 


April 29, 2020

On Monday, May 4, 2020 the Liberty ISD Education Foundation will generously hand out, free of charge, fun STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning projects to every LISD student in Pre-K through 5th grades in the packet pick-up lines.  Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten will receive a farming activity crate.  Students in 1st - 3rd grades will receive a gravity car crate, and students in 4th and 5th grades will receive an automaton crate.  These STEM learning activities are for students using both the paper packets and students using the online learning resources.  The STEM projects can be picked up at Liberty Middle School in the packet pick-up line from 10:00 - 1:00 or from 5:00 - 7:00 on Monday, May 4, 2020.  Please take advantage of this opportunity which will give your students the chance to learn something new and fun while at home.  The Liberty ISD Education Foundation is a local non-profit organization geared towards helping Liberty ISD students.


April 17, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Please read the statement below from TEA. In the coming days, Liberty Independent School District will provide further, more detailed information, on matters such as graduation, GPA, grade promotion, summer school, online lessons, paper packets, etc.

We thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff.

Sincerely,

Cody Abshier, Ed.D.

Superintendent


April 5, 2020

Liberty ISD School Nurse, Kim Hurst wants to answer student questions about COVID-19. Click here for students to submit their questions. We will post questions and answers each Friday on the main COVID-19 page. 

 March 31, 2020

Liberty ISD will be following the Governor's directive today that all Texas schools will be closed for traditional learning until May 4.  Liberty ISD will continue utilizing Distance Learning and performing essential operations during the interim.


March 30, 2020

Liberty ISD Satellite Sites for Curbside Food Pickup

 Beginning daily on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, food can be picked up at the following satellite sites:

 St. Miles Baptist Church – 120 US-90 East, Ames ---- 10:30 – 11:00 AM

 Bethel Assembly of God Church – 4606 FM 563, Liberty ---- 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

 

March 26, 2020

LISD Family,

We hope that you are all doing well and staying safe.  We just wanted to reiterate that curbside meals are available from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday-Friday at the Liberty Middle School Bus drop-off should you need them.  Also please remember that all of the assignments that we are providing are not for a grade right now.  Our focus is on keeping our students engaged and not to add stress. We will continue to check on our students and provide help and support in multiple ways throughout our time apart. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


March 26, 2020

During this current pandemic of COVID-19 and its potential for community spread, our federal and state governments have made several legislative changes to make it easier for you to access your medical provider remotely through Telemedicine.  If you need to see your provider or ask questions about symptoms and illness, as well as other routine medical conditions, call your provider and inquire about a telemedicine visit. Local providers currently offering these services include:

Firm Foundations Healthcare (Brandon SmIth, Mary Poston, Elissa Jacobs)

Health Center of Southeast Texas (Dorothy Carleton, Liwayway Guadalquiver)

Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center Clinic (@ the local hospital)

 Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Clinic (Steve Ellerbee, Don Callens)


March 24, 2020

County Judge Jay Knight’s stay-at-home order does not prevent Liberty ISD from continuing to provide daily curbside meal pick-up and weekly Monday instructional packet pick-up from Liberty Middle School.  We appreciate Judge Knight for crafting the order in such a way that allows Liberty ISD to continue these services for our students.



March 18, 2020

LISD Families,

We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue preparations to begin providing home-based Educational Opportunities to our students beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  We fully anticipate that even though we are trying our best, some of our plans, procedures and delivery methods may need to be adjusted as we move forward.  We also anticipate adding additional services and supports above and beyond Monday’s initial offerings in the coming weeks as we move through this challenge together.

LISD has created a webpage, which can be found by visiting www.libertyisd.net, dedicated to COVID-19/Distance Learning/Educational Opportunities.  We will continue to communicate using Skylert, but the dedicated webpage will have any updates or messages sent out by the district as well.

Soon you will receive specific instructions from campus Principals on how best to access the educational opportunities and supports that each of our schools will be providing for your student(s). At this time, records such as attendance, grades, etc. will not be affected while we operate in this non-traditional fashion. 

With our students out of school, life is going to look significantly different than it did just a few weeks ago.  We need to start by assuring them that it’s going to be okay.  We know from research that students need a solid daily routine to get their footing when faced with new environments and experiences. With this in mind, we wanted to offer a sample daily routine for you to consider. In a few weeks, you might not need this as much and you will have developed your own routine for the days at home. But until you come up with your own, here is an example with a few helpful tips: 

·         Instead of looking at large time blocks, make the day into short, manageable chunks (think 30 minute blocks).

·         Be flexible! Don’t stick to the time listed in our schedule – it’s more about flow. If the kids are playing nice – don’t stop them because the schedule says it’s snack time. Let it be.

·         Adjust this to fit your child – you know your kid(s) and what they need. You know how long they can tolerate certain activities. Adjust for them.

·         Don’t rely on screen time to save the day: use screens as your tool and reserve it for when it’s crucial

 

 

 

In closing, Liberty ISD appreciates your support and flexibility during this time.  We understand that closing schools poses many challenges for parents, students, and staff.  Our health and safety must be our top priority during this unique situation. Please continue to monitor your email and continue to follow www.libertyisd.net for regular updates. 

 

 

 

18 de marzo de 2020

Familias del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Liberty (LISD),

Queremos agradecerles por su paciencia y comprensión mientras continuamos con los preparativos para iniciar las Oportunidades Educativas desde Casa para nuestros estudiantes, comenzando el lunes 23 de marzo de 2020. Nosotros totalmente anticipamos que a pesar de hacer nuestro mejor esfuerzo, algunos de nuestros planes, procedimientos y métodos de entrega puedan necesitar ajustes al seguir avanzado. Igualmente, anticipamos la incorporación de apoyos y servicios adicionales más allá de los ofrecidos inicialmente para el lunes en las semanas venideras, mientras recorremos este reto juntos.

LISD ha creado un sitio web que pueden encontrar visitando www.libertyisd.net, el cual está destinado para COVID-19/Aprendizaje a Distincia/Oportunidades Educativas. Seguiremos comunicándonos a través de Skylert, pero la mencionada página web contará con cualquier actualización o mesajes provenientes del distrito igualmente. 

Pronto recibirá instrucciones específicas de los directores de las escuelas sobre la mejor manera de acceder a las oportunidades educativas y apoyos que cada una de nuestras escuelas brindará para los estudiantes. En este momento, registros como la asistencia, notas (grados), etc, no se verán afectados mientras operemos de esta manera no-tradicional.

Con nuestros estudiantes fuera de la escuela, la vida se verá significamente diferente a la que conocíamos solo algunas semanas atrás. Debemos comenzar por asegurarles que todo va a estar bien. Sabemos gracias a investigaciones, que los estudiantes necesitan una sólida rutina diaria para sentirse cómodos al enfrentarse a nuevos ambientes y experiencias. Teniendo esto en cuenta, queremos ofrecerles un ejemplo de una rutina diaria para que lo considere. En algunas semanas, usted no lo necesitará tanto y ya habrá desarrollado su propia rutina para los días en casa. Pero hasta que usted cree una propia, a continuación se muestra un ejemplo con sugerencias beneficiosas:

·         En vez de observar grandes bloques de tiempo, transforme el día en pedazos cortos y manejables (piense en intervalos de 30 minutos).

·         ¡Sea flexible! No se limite al tiempo indicado en nuestro horario – se trata más de la fluidez. Si los(as) niños(as) están jugando agradablemente – no los detenga porque el horario dice que es la hora de la merienda. Déjelo ser.

·         Ajuste esta recomendación a su(s) hijos(as) – usted los conoce y sabe lo que necesitan. Usted sabe qué tanto tiempo pueden tolerar ciertas actividades. Ajuste para su coveniencia.

·         No se confíe del tiempo frente a una pantalla como una solución: úsela como herramienta y resérvela para cuando sea crucial.

 

En resumidas cuentas, Liberty ISD aprecia su apoyo y flexibilidad durante estos tiempos.  Nosotros entendemos que el cierre de las escuelas conlleva muchos retos para padres, estudiantes y empleados. Nuestra salud y seguridad debe ser nuestra prioridad número uno durante esta situación única. Por favor continue monitoreando su correo electrónico y siga www.libertyisd.net para actualizaciones regulares.

 

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 coronavirus update: 

Liberty ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through at least Friday, April 10 in an effort to support the nation’s need to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A decision to resume normal operations thereafter will be made during the week of April 6. There will be no payroll interruptions for any staff regardless of the duration of this event.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol. The President has publicly shared that the community should not gather in groups larger than 10 people. Liberty ISD will remain flexible as leaders plan for long-term delivery of instruction and continue to navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation.  

Meanwhile, please continue to monitor your email and visit www.libertyisd.net and social media channels for more information on our continuing curbside feeding program and our pending plans to deliver educational resources/learning opportunities. The health of Liberty ISD students, staff and community is the District’s top priority and district leaders are working to ensure the community has the most current information available.


Actualización sobre el coronavirus COVID-19: 17 de marzo de 2020

 

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Liberty extenderá la suspensión de las operaciones normales del distrito hasta al menos el viernes 10 de abril, en esfuerzo de apoyar la necesidad de la nación para aplanar la curva de la pandemia del COVID-19. Una decisión para reanudar las operaciones a partir de la mencionada fecha, será tomada durante la semana del 6 de abril. No habrá interrupciones en el pago de la nómina para ningún empleado sin importar la duración de este evento.

Los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (el CDC, siglas en inglés) ha explicado en términos generales la necesidad de que todas las comunidades implementen un protocolo de distanciamiento social. El Presidente ha compartido públicamente que la comunidad no se debe reunir en grupos con más de 10 personas. El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Liberty permanecerá flexible mientras los líderes planifican la instrucción con modalidad a distancia de largo plazo al igual que continúan navegando los múltiples detalles de esta situación sin precedente.

Mientras tanto, por favor continúe revisando su correo electrónico, visitando la página Web www.libertyisd.net y los canales de redes sociales para mayor información sobre nuestro programa de alimentación alternativo y nuestros planes pendientes para proporcionar recursos educativos/oportunidades de aprendizaje. La salud del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Liberty, la de nuestros empleados y de la comunidad es la prioridad principal del distrito y cuyos líderes están trabajando para asegurar que la comunidad cuente con la mayor información actualizada.

 

 

March 16, 2020

Monday March 16,2020

 

Dear LISD Parents, Grandparents and Guardians. This is an update on the current School closings: Please know that we are continuing to work closely with county and state officials and agencies regarding the COVID-19 virus. Our Administrators and Teachers are proactively preparing instructional materials for students to work on at home, should the current closure be extended. As previously announced, our intentions for next week will be communicated no later than the end of the business day on Thursday, March 19 2020.

Thank You

Liberty ISD Admin

 

Lunes Marzo 16,2020

 

 

Estimados Padres, Abuelos y Guardianes del Distrito Escolar de Liberty.  Esta es una nueva actualización sobre el cierre actual de las escuelas: Sepan que seguimos trabajando estrechamente con los funcionarios y agencias estatales con respecto al virus COVID-19. Nuestros Administradores y Maestros están preparando proactivamente materiales de instrucción para que los estudiantes trabajen en casa en caso de que se extienda el cierre actual. Como se anunció anteriormente, nuestras intenciones para la próxima semana se comunicarán a más tardar al final del día Jueves 19 de Marzo 2020.

 

Gracias

Administration de Liberty ISD


By Lindsay Matlock

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